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An Off Yearby Claire Zulkey
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Cecily has always done everything as she was supposed to: taken the right classes, gotten the right grades, applied to the right colleges. But after a lifetime of following the rules, she surprises everyone by arriving for her freshman year of college . . . and turning around. There are infinite possibilities for Cecily's unexpected gap year. She could volunteer, or travel around the world - but, for now, Cecily is content to do absolutely nothing. What follows is a year of snarkily observed self-doubt and selfdiscovery during which Cecily must ask herself, for the first time, what does she really want to do with her life?
"Teens who get butterflies in their stomachs just thinking about starting college will relate to Cecily, who, upon her arrival at her Kenyon College dorm, decides campus life is not for her (' Ã¢Â€Â˜You know, actually, I think I'm just going to go back home with you,' I told my dad, who was still trying to decipher the campus map'). What follows is her 'off' year, a time she would rather spend watching TV than trading barbs with her boomerang-daughter older sister, and getting tossed into therapy by her professor father. In a candid first novel filled with funny-smart, true-to-life observations and dialogue between Cecily and her family members, Zulkey traces Cecily's coming to terms with her fears as she watches old friends move forward and regrets being left behind. Rather than giving pat solutions or clear causes for the protagonist's reluctance to begin a new life, the book remains focused on her maturing process. If her anxieties aren't completely quelled by the story's end, readers will sense that Cecily's second attempt to leave the nest will go more smoothly. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Cecily has always done everything she was supposed to, but after a lifetime of following the rules, she surprises everyone by arriving for her freshman year of college . . . and turning around. What follows is a year of snarkily observed self-doubt and self-discovery.
About the Author
Claire Zulkey is a humorist and journalist who has written for the Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. Ms. Zulkey lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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